Archive for Saturday, April 30, 2011

Brownback points to legislative progress; Democrats say social issues wasted time

Gov. Sam Brownback responds to accusations from state Democrats that Republicans are wasting time on focusing on issues like abortion and sex businesses, rather than working on creating jobs and improving the economy.

April 30, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback says the 2011 legislative session has been about “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

“That has been our primary focus,” Brownback said at a news conference last week as the Legislature resumed the session.

But Democrats say Brownback, a Republican, and the Republican-dominated Legislature have been more about killing jobs and pleasing the GOP base on social issues.

And the Democrats point out there is still no resolution of the state budget, and there appears to be an impasse on patching up the state pension fund.

“With his first session as governor coming to a close, Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature have done nothing to create jobs and grow the economy,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka. “Instead, Sam Brownback is using his position as governor to push intrusive social issues that have wasted the Legislature’s time and the taxpayers’ money.”

Taking office as governor in January, Brownback, a former U.S. senator, has signed into law new restrictions on abortion and requirements to have a photo ID and proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Brownback has held major news conferences and signing ceremonies to tout those measures.

But at his news conference last week, Brownback focused on economic initiatives, including his proposal to waive state income taxes for people moving from out of state to counties with declining populations and changes to the workers’ compensation law that won unanimous approval.

He is off and running on a series of economic summits and said he wants the state to go on the offensive in bringing more airplane manufacturing jobs to Kansas.

As far as the Legislature goes, Brownback said legislators must approve a budget for the next fiscal year and reach agreement on dealing with the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, which is facing funding problems in future years. The session is expected to last into mid-May.

Brownback has given the Legislature good marks, saying it has tackled a broad range of issues with less acrimony than in other states.

Of Democrats’ complaints that he is focused on social issues, Brownback said, “I think that is the Democrat focus — is on those other issues. They would like the public to believe that that is what the Legislature is focused on.”

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence called that “Washington-style spin.”

Davis blames Brownback for attempts in the House last week to force the attorney general to file a lawsuit against a proposed $250 million resort and casino in south-central Kansas, which promises to provide thousands of jobs. The effort failed last week in the House.

And Democrats have derided House Republicans for advancing again to the Senate new regulations on sexually oriented businesses.

“We have a limited number of days left this session; how many more are we going to spend on bills that kill jobs and strip clubs before we reach an agreement on the budget?” asked assistant House Democratic Leader Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City.

Senate leaders have indicated they don’t want to deal with the sexually oriented business issue, but conservative Republicans, such as state Rep. Owen Donohoe, R-Shawnee, said that position will be used against senators when they run for re-election.


weeslicket 7 years ago

the lead: Gov. Sam Brownback says the 2011 legislative session has been about “jobs, jobs, jobs.” “That has been our primary focus,”

examples of "jobs, jobs, jobs": 1. his proposal to waive state income taxes for people moving from out of state to counties with declining populations. 2. He is off and running on a series of economic summits 3. and said he wants the state to go on the offensive in bringing more airplane manufacturing jobs to Kansas.

eerrrrrr......... what was the topic again?

Jimo 7 years ago

"Gov. Sam Brownback says the 2011 legislative session has been about 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' “That has been our primary focus,” Brownback said."

Hmmm.....hundreds of words in an article and nothing to back up this claim by Brownback other than some vague reference to helping people move into the state. He might as well just say that he's made Kansas more moral and that'll attract investment money.

Brownback has long worked on building a holier-than-thou reputation. But it's been for naught. You can't casually lie about a high profile topic and expect even the Kool-aid drinkers to not notice the disconnect with the reality all around them. What's B going to do when the Democrats force an end to Ag welfare and cut off the Koch Bros. from the feeding trough? Or when the Tea Partiers trash the nation's credit and we see sky-high interest rates? (Probably defy the gov't and start executing abortion providers and lock homosexuals in gulags!)

Voters say over and over and over that their No. 1 concern is jobs. Brownback has given the finger to these voters.

question4u 7 years ago

What is he thinking? All he had to do was repeat that he is concerned about creating jobs and that he is disappointed that the legislature still has a long way to go. Not even his staunchest supporters can possibly believe that there has been any significant effort to create jobs this legislative session. At the very least Brownback could have kept his mouth shut.

Now that he has come out and said that the creation of jobs has been "the primary focus," there will be clear criteria for determining whether he is an effective leader or just full of hot air. We will be watching to see those "jobs, jobs, jobs" materialize in the coming fiscal year when the actions of cutting funds to education, eliminating the Kansas Arts Commission, closing the KNI, etc. go into effect. Is Brownback a magician or a buffoon? He's given us all a very clear way to tell.

newmath 7 years ago


Jan Rolls 7 years ago

All he has done has promoted crap legislation. Sam tell us where even one job was created other than those that you created for your friends. The emperor's new clothes.

Brian Hall 7 years ago

This just shows how little respect Brownback has for the people of Kansas when he can bluster on about how he and the legislation have created jobs and helped the economy when everything they do can easily be found and listed and nothing they have done has done either of that. Brownback thinks that the people of Kansas of ill-bred, illiterate idiots who can't think for themselves and this article proves it.

verity 7 years ago

"Brownback thinks"

Maybe not.

verity 7 years ago

Once last year and twice this year the House has passed a bill regulating sexually oriented businesses. The last time was this last Friday, Day 3 of the Wrap-Up Session. Twice this bill has been stalled in the Senate in the same form that is now stands.

So why would anybody think it will pass the Senate this time?

Localities can make their own laws concerning this issue. There is no reason for the State to be involved.

This is clearly political grandstanding and extending state government into local issues.

wastewatcher 7 years ago

The Dems continue to whine,whine and whine some more. They must remember that the voters want positive actions and proposals which they are not offering. The 2012 elections will be another like the 2010, Dems get their a-- handed to them because of their own actions and inactions.

pittstatebb 7 years ago

Don't you mean the voters wanted the economy improved, jobs created, and the state budget stabilized. The Kansas republican party can only lose seats in either house (without significant gerrymandering of districts).

When one party is in power and things do not improve, guess who gets blamed. It is not always fair as there is very little state government can do to quickly improve the economy, but it is reality. Your post seems to be ignoring this reality.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years ago

Nice post, this is all clearly the Dems fault So is cancer. And cloudy days, too.

Jimo 7 years ago

Errrr.....what? Try again, this time with a complete thought.

kugrad 7 years ago

I have yet to see a single positive action or proposal from the Kansas Republicans in the House. Brownback lies, "Jobs, jobs, jobs," when it has all been about him posturing for his presidential run in a few years and placing former Koch employees in high-ranking state offices. We haven't had any new initiatives - just some crazy ideas like eliminating the KS Arts Commission - ideas his own party does not support. The Senate leadership opposes most of what Brownback has brought to the table. He is out of touch with his own party. Meanwhile, no jobs, just more time wasted on social issues, hassling abortion providers, trashing the public safety net for the poor, exempting the business class from taxation, failing to adequately fund public schools and so on.

Jimo 7 years ago

You wouldn't know it listening to him but Brownback spent years in Washington DC engineering most of the debt this nation has. Did he not vote for war again and again? Did he not vote for trillions in Chinese-funded tax cuts? Did he not vote to borrow from our grandchildrens' futures to fund yet another multi-hundred billion entitlement program? Is there a oil subsidy, ag welfare scheme, or corporate tax loophole that doesn't have Sam's fingerprints.

In January 2001, Democrats handed to the GOP a budget that was in surplus and that the CBO projected--if nothing was changed--would run surpluses until all public debt of the U.S. was paid off by 2010. By this year, the U.S. was supposed to have $0 in debt and roughly $2 trillion in extra cash to be used for whatever. Imagine if we had a reality-tv program right now with proposals on how to spend $2 trillion in a nation living in peace and prosperity. Heck, that'd be enough to forgo all taxation of households under $40k in annual income! That'd not only "save" Social Security; it would allow benefits to be expanded!

And then the Tea Party nutjobs have the temerity to blame recent messes on Obama.!

rhd99 7 years ago

Anti-abortion measures...HOW does that produce jobs?!?!

deec 7 years ago

Well, they will probably have to hire some clinic inspectors and paperwork processors. Also maybe a few strip club inspectors. So there's what? 5 or even 10 new jobs right there!

Hal Larsen 7 years ago

Don't' forget all the time wasted on the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

rhd99 7 years ago

Yeah, and don't forget that because of Wagle and her accusations, NBAF could be extinct.

4getabouit 7 years ago

Brownshirt is still running for President.

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

Brownback: “jobs, jobs, jobs.” “That has been our primary focus,” Demonstrably false.

Henlsey: “Instead, Sam Brownback is using his position as governor to push intrusive social issues that have wasted the Legislature’s time and the taxpayers’ money.” True. Well said.

Brownback: “I think that is the Democrat focus — is on those other issues. They would like the public to believe that that is what the Legislature is focused on.” True. God forbid the democrats want the public to believe the truth.

weeslicket 7 years ago

oddly enough, nothing of your above scenario exists.
even in the most remote caverns of libertarian thought.

and atlas snickers. (funny experience.
my previous attempted posting was excluded because i used a "double g" in place of the posted "ck".
who knew?)

Liberty275 7 years ago

"Democrats say social issues wasted time"

At least they finally came right out and said it.

Brian Hall 7 years ago

How can you look at the article which leads off with: "Gov. Sam Brownback says the 2011 legislative session has been about 'jobs, jobs, jobs.'" and not stifle a laugh? Which legislation has Brownback signed off on that creates jobs? I'm not saying the social issues are pointless and waste of time but just like a true politician, he (and they) are wasting time on pointless issues and ignoring what actually needs to be done.

LisaGreenwood 7 years ago

"...liberals have no morals, so they are unlikely to support any effort to make society a fairer, more moral place for us all to live."

I am puzzled by this remark. Must look up some words in the dictionary...

Liberal: (adj.) pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform Progressive: (adj.) favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform toward better conditions Moral: (adj.) concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong Fair: (adj.) free from bias, dishonesty or injustice OR civil, courteous

“I think that word does not mean what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

Name-calling: (noun) the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc. * One of many propaganda techniques I teach my students that people resort to when they fail to make any other logical argument.

weeslicket 7 years ago

from my initial post: examples of "jobs, jobs, jobs": 1. his proposal to waive state income taxes for people moving from out of state to counties with declining populations.

can't wait to see how this one plays out. really. not waiting.

(i would just like to say "snicker" once again. snicker. guffaw. snort. snort. hack. hack. hairball. cough. snorting again. eating popcorn and chuckling.)

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Tax cuts and less tax dollar spending do not equal economic growth and jobs jobs jobs.

Tax cuts = preferential treatment for a few at the expense of the economy.

After 31 years of tax cuts and tax dollar entitlements(incentives) and had proved to be such great job generators no one would be unemployed and all of us would be rolling in the dough.

Brownback represents Washington D.C. beltway politics = no economic growth and no jobs. Just taking money from the middle class for his own well being.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Did voters forget who and what put 11 million out of work,out of medical insurance, killed retirement plans and in general wiped out the economy twice in the last 30 years? ?

Republicans are simply too dangerous to be in charge of OUR money and OUR economy!

No jobs,no medical insurance,retirement plans up in smoke by the party that believes flippin burgers is a great alternative never mind that parents can no longer be home parenting.

This is what I mean:

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist( millions out of work)
    Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt").

The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist was considered the largest theft in history at the time. George Herbert Walker Bush then took $1.4 trillion of taxpayers money to cover the theft.

  1. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers(million out of work)

Yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities."

  1. Only 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk in spite of what we’re told ?

"There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America and Citigroup, Those three were clearly in very weakened form. Many of the other big banks simply were not.

  1. Privatizing Social Security Would Place the Nations Economy at Risk

"Social Security privatization will raise the size of the government's deficit to nearly $700 billion per year for the next 20 years, almost tripling the size of the national debt.

Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk--it would likely put the entire economy at risk."

  1. Tax Cuts - (DO NOT create Jobs) The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = tax increases for the middleclass.

Plus major criminal activity:

  1. Reagan/Bush Iran-Contra Illegal Sale of Weapons

7.The Nixon Watergate - Illegal wire tap of democratic headquarters

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Woo hoo! Haven't seen that set of links in at least a couple of days, merrill. Have you hit 1000 posts of the same drivel yet?

purplesage 7 years ago

The really egregious comments are those of Anthony Hensley, that moral issues are a "waste of time." Government has more responsibility than just the budget. These moral issues affect the budget through many different avenues.

There is no socially redeeming value to a sexually oriented business and increased law enforcement and social costs will be incurred. Every baby slaughtered through abortion is a taxpayer who will never earn a wage - kind of a crass was to look at a life snuffed out, but true.

Hensley needs to go. He is an offense and Paul Davis should join him in finding a new part time job.

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